Our Bodies. Our Rights.

When a woman controls her body, there’s an astonishing ripple effect. According to a Guttmacher study, a majority of women said that birth control allowed them to take better care of themselves and their families, support themselves financially, complete their education, or keep or get a job.

Since we opened our doors, Global Fund has supported a woman’s right to safe and legal contraception and abortion. We’ve seen major wins, including groundbreaking abortion legislation in Uruguay won by our grantee partners. And let’s not forget how Mónica Roa and her colleagues at Women’s Link Worldwide held the Colombian government accountable when they were disseminating false information about women’s health.

Today, hard won victories are being challenged, even lost. The culprits: rising conservatism, religious fundamentalism and significant decreases in funding for reproductive healthcare in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

Three Global Fund grantee partners are making sure we don't turn back the clock. Explore how they advocate for and deliver health care to women living in countries with some of the world’s most restrictive laws on contraception and abortion.

The Facts

  • 222 million women and girls don't have access to contraception
  • 47,000 women die yearly from unsafe abortions
  • 800 women die daily from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth

The Change Makers

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Holding the Line in Poland

Working in a country with some of Europe’s most restrictive laws on abortion and contraception, The Federation for Women and Family Planning is one of the only organizations dedicated to protecting women’s reproductive rights in Poland. Read more »

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Government Accountability in Malaysia

Passing a law to ensure women have affordable access to contraception is one thing; implementing is quite another. That’s where The Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women comes in. They hold governments accountable to their reproductive rights commitments by monitoring and reporting their findings. Read more »

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Saving Lives in Mexico

After Mexico City passed a law legalizing abortion within 12 weeks of pregnancy, 17 Mexican states protested the ruling by passing constitutional reforms defining life from the moment of conception until natural death. As a result, many women are forced into clandestine, unsafe abortion – the fifth leading cause of maternal death in Mexico. It’s La Articulación Interestatal Por El Derecho A Decidir De Las Mexicanas’ job to keep pushing for policy changes despite major backlash. Read more »


With generous support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, we deepened our partnership with five leading, high-impact women’s organizations. The support strengthened their capacity, and helped us understand, document, and share the most replicable aspects of their approach.


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